There's still one more pre-season fixture to get out of the way before the campaign starts in earnest, but Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is already looking past the meeting with Italian side Torino FC at Anfield tomorrow to their Premier League curtain raiser against West Ham United next Sunday and the German isn't exactly chuffed with what he's seeing.
Croatia global Dejan Lovren will rejoin the squad on Monday after an extended break following the World Cup but is a doubt for the next two games.
Liverpool, however, beat City three times last season - twice in the two-legged Champions League quarter-final, and their moves in the transfer market should make them serious contenders.
You saw tonight we don't really struggle with centre-halves, they are all in and only have little things. "He probably won't play Tuesday and Sunday will be very hard as well", continued the German, who is known to stick to a very rigorous training strategy.
"I think everyone knew from his first interview he spoke very good English so the settling-in period is over for him and I think he is very much part of the squad".
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Torino with their former defender Matteo Darmian looking on from the main stand‚ pulled a goal back through Andrea Belotti's fine header. "The first two league games at least are in the preseason [for World Cup players]".
And Klopp added: "I was not surprised to be honest but as a human being I was hoping for it and I loved it".
"He was in a really good shape, so we thought a few minutes tonight should be possible".
"All goalkeepers are different so it takes a bit of time, but this result will help the defence and help him know how we play as well", Robertson said. Hendo needs a pre-season but not as much as the others as he has not had long off'.